The MA in Music (by Research) is a unique course with flexible study pathway specialism options for students wishing to develop advanced skills at a postgraduate level.

The following pathways are available, and you are able to design their own bespoke combination:

• Composition (acoustic or digital)
• Performance
• Music Technology
• Musicology

Designed to help you reach a professional level of competence, this MA (by Research) provides rigorous and focused preparation for those intending to proceed to doctoral research, including our PhD programmes in musicology, composition and musical performance. The course may be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two years, and culminates in a major project such as a composition or recording portfolio, performance recital or dissertation.

One year full-time or two years part-time

Academic Entry Requirements:

• Composition: a portfolio of two compositions, at least one of which must be a paper composition. One of these works may be an electroacoustic composition.
• Performance: applicants are asked to prepare 20-30 minutes of contrasting repertoire, submitted as a recent unedited video performance (online link or DVD to be sent by post).
• Music Technology: candidates should, unless otherwise agreed, submit a portfolio of audio recordings lasting between 40-60 minutes, either on CD or as uncompressed 24-bit audio via a download link.
• Musicology: Candidates will be required to submit a brief research proposal, containing a proposed title, aims, objectives, methods, summary of content, and outline bibliography

Language Requirements:
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available

Opportunities for funding are available to overseas students through the International Office at the University of Nottingham.

Our Graduate School offers advice and support with funding applications.

Visit our funding pages to find out what options are available to you. Information about the school and funding opportunities can also be found on the school’s website.

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

View our step-by-step guide on how to apply and start your application via our website.

Department of Music
t: +44 (0)115 951 5559

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